Can Design Mitigate Disruptive Behavior?

environments for aging

barbara huelat speaking efaSpeaking Engagement

Environments for the Aging

Savannah, Georgia

April 23, 2018

“Blame the disease, not the person.”  It is the response we have often heard to deal with disruptive behaviors such as agitation, yelling, hitting or uncooperative behaviors which are linked to dementia.  These behaviors are the disruptions which makes living with the disease so challenging for caregivers, facilities, and family.

This session will address disruptive behaviors as communication tools when languages and other means of coping are no longer available to persons with dementia.  Design can be a tool to shift our way of thinking from unmet needs that require attention to a supportive and friendly environment which provide meaning to the person with the disease.

This two-point focus will look at the disease from the medical approach identifying what is happening in the diseased brain and a design approach to offer tools for practical solutions that can offer positive distractions to allow this population and their caregivers a better quality of life.

  • Understand dementia as a disease
  • Identify “Triggers” associated with disruptive behaviors
  • How to create a “Toolbox” of design and WELL interventions
  • How design interventions can improve the quality of life for the persons living with dementia, facilities, caregivers and family
  • Speakers:

    Michael Pietzrak, MD, Strategic Initiatives/ Technology Futures. HKS

    Barbara Huelat, FASID, EDAC, AAHID
    nursing home village